Let’s start off with the 5 things you should start planning now for your wedding.

 Maybe you got (or are getting) engaged over the holidays or maybe you are just now getting to your planning process. After you take some time to celebrate together with family, take a deep breath, get the pen and paper out and make this list.  Let me help you with the first 5 items you should start planning for your wedding.

  #1  Wedding Date
Oh boy! Everyone wants to know.  The second thing that people will ask you following your announce of your engagement is, “So, when is the big day?!”  Break out your family planner.  Maybe there is a date that means so much to you like an Anniversary date. Perhaps you’d like to share the wedding date of your parents.  Your wedding date doesn’t need to have special meaning but make sure that the wedding date works for you guys.  Write down several dates 5-10 dates and start discussing each date.  Before you know you’ll have your date.

Keep in mind that this wedding date is about you. Don’t sweat it if people can’t make it.  It will be merely impossible to meet everyone’s schedule.  Pick the date you both want and your loved ones will be there.  Promise!
#2  Set your budget (Cha-ching!)
Before you can start picking vendors you must set your wedding budget.  I know, I know, you are antsy to start looking at pretty stuff but setting a budget is important.  This will set the tone and make the planning process go easy breezy. ;–)  You will want to pick vendors that are in your budget and not show up to a meeting wasting everyones time when they are out of your price range. This budget will help with this.  Consider having the people paying for the wedding present at this part of the meeting.
And as a side note, no one really likes discussing money.  So make this part fun.  Pop some popcorn, break out the bubbly and sweets available.  This meeting will be over before you know it. ;–)
#3  Venue Location
Once you have your date settled, now comes all the fun stuff. Picking your vendors.  The first place is a venue.  This with set the tone to your entire wedding theme.  Are you looking for a farm? Country club?  Maybe you’d like an industrial wedding look.  These are things you need to keep in mind.  As soon as you pick your date, pick your venue asap.  Venues book up fast depending on your desired location (10months to 18months out).
#4  Pick your photographer
Now this is NOT #4 because I am a photographer.  Truly.  Photographers book out 9-12 months in advance so if you have a particular photographer you want the longer you wait the chances will be greater that they are booked.  So make sure you make #4 a priority….along with #3.  Once you have selected your photographer you will want to schedule your engagement session too. You’ll also want to get a portable printer so you can have pictures printed at your wedding and given to the guest. Check out this portable photo printer in Singapore.
#5 Consider a Wedding Planner
Wedding Planners are not just for the busy, out of state couple.  They are truly there to help you find the best of the best vendors within your budget, make decisions based on your desires and to be there for you to run the show on your wedding day.  #5 will be one of the best investments.  I suggest to my couples to at least consider hiring a wedding coordinator for the day of.  Imagine all of the hustle and bustle being taken care of by the wedding planning and you get to enjoy every ounce of your wedding day.  Sounds like a dream, huh?

How is your wedding planning process going? Have you come a crossed any hick ups?  Comment below with what is working for you.

Happy Planning!

Tis the season to get engaged fa la la la la la la la la!!! I’m so excited for engagement season.  Have you had the “talk” with your sweetie about what ring style you like?  Maybe you have no idea what you like.  Picking your ring can be the easiest decision for some while others have no idea where to even start. For me I wanted a plain wide band complemented with an eternity thin band. I love that its timeless. Rings are definitely something I love to photograph so humor me and and let me help get your decision process started. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Halo. center diamond wrapped in a halo of diamonds.  Complimented with a band that is completely different but works so well with the style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Antique or a Family ring. engagement ring complimented with an infinity diamond band from Diamond & Diamond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Totally custom made. Don’t forget about this option.  You can get a one of a kind ring to represent your one of a kind marriage.
Minnesota Wedding Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Classic.  Gold. Gold. Gold.  I of course love this gold timeless engagement ring complimented with a diamond band.

Hello Hello!  Since it’s my Birthday I thought I’d share a little bit about myself, Whitney Anderson and a few other tid bits.  So here we go.

Where is home?  Home is currently in Garfield, Washington.  They say home is where the heart is. If thats the case, our heart is in Wisconsin/Minnesota and we plan to return in the very near future.

Whitney Anderson Photography(photo by: Electric Lime Photo )

How long have you been doing photography? I have been shooting weddings since 2009.  Seven whole years!  Ooofta!!! You can read more about my story here .

What type of photography do you specialize in? In the 7 years that I have been shooting, I specialize in documenting weddings.  I have photographed families and babies but in all my years I have never photographed even one senior session. I plan to keep it that way ;–P

How would you describe your style? This questions gets me every time. I’ve always described my style as a photojournalist (I know a word that’s over used) look but with gentle direction from myself.  I also like to capture the details of your wedding day.  Who doesn’t!

What type of camera do you shoot on?  I shoot on a Canon Mark II & III

If you had to choose one lens to shoot with all day, what would you choose?  This is a toss up.  I would have to choose between the 50mm 1.2 or 35mm 1.4. Since we are most likely shooting a wedding in this question, I would go with the 35mm.  This would allow me to get room shots or large group shots as well as fun portrait shots.  Either one could get the job done.  So I’m golden either way.

Favorite photography computer program? Photo Mechanic. It makes culling 4000 images from a wedding day a billion times faster.

Scariest or craziest thing that has happened at a wedding? I will go with a little scary and a little crazy.  This story happened when I was second shooting.  Keep in mind I had rented the 24-70mm lens for this wedding. I had just arrived at the cocktail hour and I was getting my gear ready. I pulled out my 24-70 and it was like in slow motion.  The lens flew out of my hands onto the floor.  Ummmm….yeah.  My life and my finances flashed before my eyes. Mostly my finances.  I was freaking out inside.  Other side note, I did not have insurance on this rented lens. I quickly picked up the lens put it on my camera to do a quick check.  Sure enough, something had shifted internally.  UGH!  I decided I couldn’t think about it while I working this wedding.  I needed to just move on and worry about this later.  But really all I could think about was having to purchase another lens for the rental company.  Long story short, I called the company the next day and told them what happened.  Lucky me, I only had to pay for the damage repairs.  Phew!

What inspires you or gives you motivation? Chip and Joanna.  Just kidding.  That was really trendy of me to say :P. But I do really like them and cannot wait to have my own shiplap barn house of my own.  I would say mornings with my precious baby girl and homemade lattes gives me daily motivation.  What inspires me currently is listening to podcasts, looking through interior design magazines and riding horses.

What advice do you have for people wanting to pursue wedding photography? I would say first, you do not need to attend college for photography.  If you have an eye for framing you can learn the rest on your own.  I suggest photographing everything.  If you have kids, photography them. If you have pets, photography them.  Practice photographing and documenting moments.  Also seek out a photographer that you enjoy their work. Meet up with them and pick their brain. You never know where that might lead.

What would be your dream wedding to photograph? My dream wedding would be in a white shiplapped barn. The style of the wedding would be boho chic and the flowers would be in abundance. I mean flowers EVERYWHERE.  The couple would let me photograph them only for 2 hours and we would sneak out for the most amazing sunset session where they would include their horses.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
 I would like to be shooting 20 weddings a season, taking care of my babies, riding my horses and decorating my beautiful barn house.

Besides being a photographer, what else do you enjoy doing? I taught myself how to knit a year ago today. That was the best thing I could have done.  It is so relaxing and it makes me feel all warm and cozy.  I also like spending time with horses. I took up horse lessons last year before I was pregnant and that was life changing.  My husband and I hope to have horses of our own one day.

So I hear that you have 6 dogs.  Why do many?   Haha. It’s true, it’s true.  We have 6 lovely dogs.  Two of them are our only house dogs.  Juice (boston terrier) and Shelby (lab).  The other 4 are English Shorthaired Pointers.  Their my husbands hunting dogs.  Archie, Maple, Spruce and Cedar.

There you have it, a blurb about me.  If you have another question ask it in the comment section below.

 

Have you ever had second thoughts about capturing a moment? Maybe you are like me and don’t want to hold up the crowd you’re with.  Well, let me tell you a little story about how this photo right here came to be?Farm Midwest Weddings

 

After the day was all said and done, I remember we packed up our equipment and were driving down the driveway.  My assistant and I reminisced on how great of a day it was as I looked back at the farm and saw it.  It was picture perfect! The farm, the starry night, the tent all lite up. I thought to myself, “Should I stop and take a night shot? I’d have to get all of my equipment out.  Set up the tripod.” I immediately remembered when I was told by a wiser much more experienced photographer, “If you think about taking a photo of something, take it. You might regret not taking it later.”  So I got out of my car, set up my tripod and took the extra time to photograph this image.  This one image has been an image that to this day as received the most likes and one I am most delighted with.  Not to mention the couple and their family and friends were so grateful for capturing their family farm.

So how do you get past the insecure feeling of not wanting to capture the memory or subject?  For me, I don’t want to look back one day and regret not capturing a moment.  I love to look through photos of events or just friends and family and live those moments again through the photos. Sometimes…most times I fill my phone with garbage photos.  Other times, I have so many awesome memories in my possession I am so thankful that I took them.  This quote always resonated with me when I am unsure of when I should capture a moment.

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” -Franz Kafka

Be encouraged.